James IV Association of Surgeons Records, 1960-1996

James IV Association of Surgeons Records

Historical Note

Founded in 1957 by a group of UK and American surgeons, the James IV Association of Surgeons is an international organization that promotes communication among surgeons across the globe. The figure of King James IV of Scotland (1473-1513), who supported the foundation of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and was interested in medical matters, was chosen as being emblematic for the purposes of the Association's trans-Atlantic dialogue. Since 1961, the Association has funded trips for several Surgical Travelers each year, encouraging exchange and camaraderie between surgical communities.

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection includes minutes from meetings in 1964, 1971, 1975-1984, and 1988, Surgical Traveler Fellowship reports, and James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. volumes and pamphlets privately printed by the Association. In their reports, the Surgical Travelers recount their trips in detail and offer observations and reactions to medical practices, facilities, and education in the countries they visited. The printed volumes include a short history of the Association, by-laws, text of the certificate of incorporation, and lists of members, many of which are supplemented with biographical information. Pamphlets contain brief reports on the state and mission of the Association and lists of officers, members, and travelers.

Administrative Info

Collection processed and described by Rebecca Pou

Requests for permission to quote from or publish any materials should be directed to the reference librarian or curator in writing.

Preferred Citation

James IV Association of Surgeons Records. The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, New York Academy of Medicine Library.


Initial donation was by the James IV Association of Surgeons, with later additions by Dr. Frank Adair, Dr. Richard Stark, and Dr. William Henry Muller through the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Collection Contents

Box 1    Folder 1    Minutes, - October 6, 1964.
Box 1    Folder 2    Minutes, etc., - 1971, 1975-1982.
Box 1    Folder 3    Minutes, etc., - 1983-1984, 1988.
Box 1    Surgical Traveler Fellowship Reports, - 1961-[1965];1968-1972.
Box 1    James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. (hardbound volumes), - 1960; 1963.
Box 1    James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. (hardbound volumes), - 1960; 1963; 1969; 1969; 1969; 1974; 1980; 1986; 1991; 1996.
Box 1    James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. (pamphlets), - 1974; 1979; 1982; 1983.

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